Women in STEM: Role Models from the Past

Welcome to this week’s installment of the Women in STEM series. Today, I’ll be showing some women from the past who stand as amazing role models not just for those interested in STEM, but also for those who are interested in strong and brilliant human beings. I asked the marketing team at Digilent about women in STEM who had inspired them and why, and I got some great examples. I’ll include the reasons my coworkers and I think of them as role models (in captions) and a brief bio of each woman.

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Women in STEM: Making a Difference

With the somewhat tempestuous history of women in STEM, it’s important to support those who are making a difference, making the world a better and more equal place. One of those groups intent on helping girls nurture an interest in engineering and building is the company GoldieBlox. GoldieBlox’s CEO, Debbie Sterling, was one of the few women in her engineering program at Stanford and wanted to encourage more girls to act on their love of STEM. So she started GoldieBlox, which is intent on providing young girls with projects they will enjoy and can engineer and make by themselves.

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Women in STEM: Underrepresentation

One of the biggest social issues in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is underrepresentation of minorities. Within STEM, this includes women. While women have been involved in STEM since the advent of the engineering profession (think Ada Lovelace!), their participation was restricted for a long time. While there are no longer formal constraints, women are still disproportionately uninvolved in STEM professions and education.

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Women in STEM: Historical Perspectives

I’m excited to begin our new Women in STEM series! It will be a weekly feature throughout the summer, with new posts every Thursday or Friday. In this first installment, I will discuss how women have been involved with or kept from STEM fields throughout history. A historical perspective is necessary to understand a lot of the challenges women in science and engineering face today.

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